Photography competitions for all levels

Photography competitions are great for seeing if your work is on par with your contemporaries, a stepping stone for amateurs and great for gaining exposure. There are many photography competitions around the UK and worldwide. Some are ongoing and others have a deadline by the end of this year. Get judged by renowned judges and have your work featured in social media, magazines and galleries.

My Memory photographer of the year 2016

The My Memory competition is run monthly, with a monthly theme and prize. Additionally, once a year, there’s also the possibility to win a huge cash prize and be crowned photographer of the year.


The monthly prize involves products from Lexar, SansDisk etc

The photographer of the year prize is £1000, and the runner-up receives £250. The winner is chosen from a points system where participants must gain as many points as possible throughout the year in the monthly competitions.

Deadline: 31st December 2016

How to enter: fill in a form for free online at the my memory competition page .


Psychologies magazine photography competition

This psychologies photo competition is a little different to the other ones. There’s no cash prize but could be great exposure for a newbie photographer. Each month there is a new winner and new theme.

Prize: For the winner the prize is their work in the magazine and on their website. They’ll also win a bag of goodies. photography-prize

Deadline: ongoing

Eligibility:  for residents of UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland and must be 18+

How to enter: send an email to with your name, address, phone number, date and location of image and a 75-word caption. The image must be jpeg at 300dpi up to 5MB.


Life Framer photography prize

Arguably one of the bigger competitions as it is international.  The life framer competition can offer you worldwide exposure, your work exhibited in major global cities and a great cash prize. There is a new theme every month, judged by globally acclaimed photographers.


Winning work will be exhibited in New York, Tokyo, London and Rome galleries!

There’s also a $1,000 prize for each monthly winner

Winners get promoted across blogs, magazines and social media

All entrants get professional feedback from prestigious judges and a mention in #lifeframerstories

Deadline: ongoing

Eligibility: must be 18 + and from any country is allowed

Entry: go to life framer home page on how to submit your work

Amateurs and professionals can enter. Entry fee is from $20 depending on how many images you submit for one theme.


Monochrome awards

The monochrome awards competition showcases the beauty of black and white photography. This is a huge international competition with many opportunities to be won.

It has 2 entering categories; professional and amateur, with many subcategories of photography themes ranging from abstract, fashion, people and wildlife all in black and white.


The overall professional winner will get $2000 cash prizes as well as worldwide exposure. photography-competitions

The overall amateur will receive $1,000 and exposure. Each individual category winner will receive a professional title too.

Deadline: 20th November 2016, with winner announced in January 2017

Entry fees:

The fees are $20 for professionals and $15 for amateurs

Eligibility: 18+


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